Those Who Served

The USS IOWA "Those Who Served" collection provides snapshots and stories from USS IOWA veterans who proudly served throughout its storied service history. This will be a continuously growing Registry of USS IOWA Service where you can search for shipmates or enter information about your own service or that of a loved one. If you would like to share your experiences from your service on USS IOWA, we would appreciate the opportunity to share your story.

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Gene Rowell

Gene Rowell

Division: E

Rate/Rank: EM2

Served aboard 1984-1988. Saw Bob Hope in the Persian Gulf, stood atop the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. Awoke in a Norwegian fjord. Saw ...

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John Russelman

John Russelman

Division: Marine Detachment

Rate/Rank: Cpl.

I've forgotten so many great stories, Bob Hope, Lee Greenwood, Captain Seaquist, Colonel Paul Schreiber, Ted Kennedy, Walter Croncite, the Princesses ...

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Emilio Salabarria

Emilio Salabarria

Division: Boiler

Rate/Rank: Sailor

My dad served on board the U. S. S. Iowa during the Korean War from 1950-1954. He is on the end of the middle row on the right side, his head is part...

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Richard D Schaefer Jr

Richard D Schaefer Jr

Division: A

Rate/Rank: EN3

I served on the IOWA from 83-87 and truth be told the most firepower the NAVY ever had. I would proudly serve aboard the IOWA again.

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Robert Seals

Robert Seals

Division: MARDET

Rate/Rank: Cpl

I was on board the Iowa from shortly after commission until '86 as a member of the MARDET. I knew a lot of good men aboard that ship and I hope somed...

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Boyd Shelton

Boyd Shelton

Division: M

Rate/Rank: MM2 (SW)

I was on board Iowa for her final Med cruise and decommissioning...

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John B. Shideler

John B. Shideler

Division: E

Rate/Rank: EMPC

New Chief 02/25/1952 aboard USS Rochester. Transferred to Hunters Point Shipyard for preconditioning the USS Iowa. Onboard for commissioning May 25,...

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Rodney Simmons

Rodney Simmons

Division: 5th & X-3/PAO

Rate/Rank: JO2

The Iowa was the first ship I was assigned to back in 1984 after boot camp! I was an undesignated SN. First assigned to 5th division, where we were ...

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Charles Sintef

Charles Sintef

Division: 1st Divison - NAV

Rate/Rank: Seaman 1st Class

Enterd Navy on July 8, 1943. After basic training was assighned to the then new battleship U.S.S. IOWA and served aboard her till the end of the war i...

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Clifford  Charles  Smith

Clifford Charles Smith

Division: MM

Rate/Rank: 3rd class

was on Iowa from 55-58. worked engine room. helped yo decommissioning the Iowa twice.

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Edward Snyder

Edward Snyder

Division: B

Rate/Rank: BT2 (SW)

ON-BOARD FROM PRECOM IN PENSACOLA...ALL THE WAY UNTIL 6 MONTNS BEFORE DE-COM..I REENLISTED TO STAY ONBOARD.....I WAS ON BOARD FOR 3.2 YEARS.... LOVED ...

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William Steinebach

William Steinebach

Division: B

Rate/Rank: BTCS-SW

Served on Iowa 1953-1954 in B=Division. I was assigned to #3 Fireroom. My Battle Station was as the Smoke Watch on the 011 Level forward.

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Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens

Division: B

Rate/Rank: BT3

Flew on board the Iowa in January of 1988 by Helo. We circled the ship twice and being 18 and seeing the ship for the first time I was like how can I ...

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Claude Stovall

Claude Stovall

Division: 4

Rate/Rank: sargent

My dad, Claude J. Stovall served during WWII . He was a US Marine who achieved Sargent status but didn't like talking about his service experiences. I...

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William Sturgeon

William Sturgeon

Division: Supply

Rate/Rank: SK3C

I served 1946 to 1948. In my short time on the IOWA I saw the "Spruce Goose" fly, I watched an unsuccessful attempt to pickup a scout plane that was l...

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John Thomas

John Thomas

Division: MarDet

Rate/Rank: Corporal

I served on the USS Iowa as a memeber of the Marine Detachment (MarDet)from August 1984 thru November 1986. I have always felt very fortuate and privi...

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Haywood Truxillo

Haywood Truxillo

Division: Unknown

Rate/Rank: 2nd Class Petty Officer

Haywood served on the Iowa during World War II. He was a machinist mate in one of the engine rooms. He served on the Iowa after boot camp until he w...

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James Tully

James Tully

Division: Marine Detachment

Rate/Rank: Corporal

To short of a duty on so historical a ship. Great times great stories! There are a bunch of us MARDET types on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/#!...

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Dennis Unger

Dennis Unger

Division: G-3

Rate/Rank: GMG2

I served aboad the USS Iowa in Turret 3 from June of 1987 until September of 1990. The funny story behind my service on the Iowa goes back to 1984. Th...

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Ed Weiss

Ed Weiss

Division: E

Rate/Rank: electricians mate PO3

Served aboard the USS Albany from 52 - 54, then went to electrician school then served on the USS Iowa from 54 to 56. I felt and still do that the Io...

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